Leicester City Mahrez on Leicester bench against Man City Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Leicester City Manchester City Manchester City v Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Algeria international almost joined Pep Guardiola’s side in the January transfer window but has now returned to the Foxes fold Riyad Mahrez has been named on Leicester City’s bench for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City, after his January move to the Etihad Stadium collapsed on deadline day.The Algeria international handed in a transfer request after Pep Guardiola’s side tabled a bid worth £60 million for his services.However, it is understood that the Foxes demanded in excess of £95m for the winger, who this season has returned to the form that saw him become an integral member of Leicester’s title-winning team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, Mahrez has scored eight goals and provided eight assists in 24 Premier League outings thus far this season and now appears to be back in favour at the King Power Stadium.“It’s important to have Mahrez in the squad to look forward and to move on,” said manager Claude Puel.”We’re stronger with him. There’s a good feeling in the team. Today we have an opportunity, against a team we have already played twice, to try something different.”Guardiola’s men, meanwhile, sit 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and will hope to extend that resounding lead this weekend, with United playing on Sunday.Sergio Aguero leads the line for the Blues, while January signing Aymeric Laporte partners Nicolas Otamendi in defence.Guardiola named just six substitutes last time out, as City drew 1-1 with Burnley, but has picked seven this time, with youth prospects Lukas Nmecha, Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz all involved.Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gündogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Agüero Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Nmecha, Foden, DiazLeicester XI: Schmeichel, Dragović, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Silva, Ndidi, James, Chilwell, Diabaté, Vardy. Subs: Jakupović, Simpson, Benalouane, Iborra, Gray, Mahrez, Iheanacho.
Transfers Kluivert warned off Barcelona move by his own father Chris Burton 21:51 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Ajax Roma Primera División Serie A Eredivisie Former Blaugrana striker Patrick believes a promising winger catching the eye at Ajax needs another stepping stone before thinking about Camp Nou Ajax winger Justin Kluivert has been told he is not yet ready for a move to Barcelona by his own father, former Blaugrana striker Patrick.The 19-year-old has generated plenty of interest since bursting onto the scene in Amsterdam – much like his dad did 24 years ago.It has been suggested that Kluivert Jr will see his career follow a similar path to an illustrious family member, with a spell at Camp Nou considered to be part of his sporting destiny. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Various reports claim that Barca would be willing to make that dream a reality in the not too distant future, but Patrick Kluivert believes it is too soon for his son to be making such a move .A man who won the 1999 Liga title during a six-spell spell in Catalunya told Ole : “The truth is that now is not the time. “He is just in his second year in the Netherlands and moving to a club of the magnitude of Barca should not be the first choice. “For now, go step by step, calmly and calmly, but as a father I will support him in anything he decides.”While Barcelona may be keen, and Tottenham held talks while discussing a move for Davinson Sanchez in 2017 , it is Serie A side Roma who are reported to be leading the chase at present.Kluivert would appear to prefer such a switch for his son, with his own career having taken him from Ajax to Italy before ending up in Spain.The ex-Milan frontman said: “I try, I tell him, he is 19 years old and thinks he can play with [Lionel] Messi, Luis Suarez, [Sergio] Busquets, [Philippe] Coutinho … But he has to do more yards.“When a team sits down to negotiate in earnest, they will have to explain the project, what they want from him, and then it will be my son who decides if he accepts it.”Justin Kluivert made his Ajax debut in January 2017, netting two goals before the end of that campaign before going on to cement himself as a first-team regular in 2017-18.In the campaign just gone, the teenage forward delivered 10 goals and five assists in his Eredivisie outings, while a senior international debut for the Netherlands was made against Portugal in March.
The Australian Touch Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the following Constituent Bodies and Regions have been issued with a Permit to compete at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour from 2005 through to 2007. 1. Tropical Cyclones (North Queensland Touch Association) 2. Queensland Country Rustlers (CQ, South West and Suncoast Touch Associations) 3. Brisbane City Cobras 4. Gold Coast Sharks 5. NSWTA-Northern Eagles 6. NSWTA-Hunter/Western Hornets 7. NSWTA-Sydney Mets 8. NSWTA-Sydney Scorpions 9. NSWTA-Sydney Rebels 10. NSWTA-Southern Suns 11. Australian Capital Territory Touch Association 12. Crusaders (South Australia, Tasmania and Victorian Touch Associations) 13. Barbarians (Western Australia and Northern Territory) The dates for the National Touch are yet to be finalised and are due to be released by the 14 May 2004. Jon Pratt Event Manager- ATA
Man Utd manager Solskjaer reveals reasons for Dubai tripby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United travelled to Dubai to spend time together in order to prepare for the second-half of the season. Due to the hectic festive period, in which United won five consecutive games, Solskjaer hasn’t had significant time to spend with his players.The Red Devils have now spent the majority of this week in the United Arab Emirates at a training facility in preparation for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur and beyond.”There are always great facilities here and we’re always well looked after,” Solskjaer toldMUTV. “I’ve been here with Molde before and I didn’t expect anything else when you’re here with Man United.”The players are working hard and I think it was important to come here. There are a couple of aspects [to it] – it’s the weather, the downtime the boys can have together, and it’s the time we can have on the pitch together. “They don’t have to go back to their wives and kids after training so there is plenty of time for video analysis and to work on some principles of play.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State Made Sure To Remind Recruits Of Its National Championship At Its Biggest Recruiting Event Of The Year Last Night
Ohio State Friday Night LightsThe most important recruiting night of the year took place yesterday for the Ohio State football program. The Buckeyes held “Friday Night Lights,” their annual recruiting event under Urban Meyer that brings dozens of the top recruits in the country to Ohio Stadium for a workout camp that serves as a showcase to OSU’s coaches. The night went well. Ohio State got a couple commitments – a four-star tight end and one of the country’s top kickers – and made sure to remind the high schoolers of what happened this past January. Meyer had the highlights from the inaugural College Football Playoff title game playing on OSU’s jumbotron and unveiled the “2014” championship banner. Ready for an unveiling… pic.twitter.com/L8oS6YpNCF— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) July 25, 2015More of that Urban Meyer testimony #OhioState pic.twitter.com/ycIFS8EBla— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015Hype video time https://t.co/8vaaXgAlQw— Jeff Svoboda (@JeffSvoboda) July 25, 2015If you’re recruiting a prospect Ohio State wants, well, good luck.
ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 03: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks a tackle by Jordan Jenkins #59 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama running back Derrick Henry had a beast of a season, racking up 1,986 yards and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries – averaging 5.9 yards per touch. For his efforts, last Saturday, he was awarded the Heisman Trophy. It looks like he’s willing to spread the wealth a bit, though.Wednesday night, Henry reportedly took his offensive line out for dinner to thank them for the season. Cam Robinson said Derrick Henry is taking Alabama’s offensive line out to dinner tonight.— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) December 17, 2015Cam Robinson said Derrick Henry is taking o-line to dinner tonite “I dont have a preference. I’m not picky” #Alabama pic.twitter.com/xAZ9GidrBk— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 17, 2015It was a solid day for the group – earlier, the unit was awarded the first-ever Joe Moore Award, given to the best offensive line in the country. Alabama’s work isn’t done, however. The Crimson Tide gets Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Eve.
Aaron Ramsey has been urged to avoid making the same mistakes Gareth Bale did when joining Real Madrid, with John Toshack looking for a fellow Welshman to embrace life in Italy alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.A move to the Serie A champions is seemingly edging closer for the Arsenal midfielder, with Goal revealing that he has a lucrative offer on the table from the Bianconeri.He is set to become a free agent this summer, as his contract at Emirates Stadium runs down, and various landing spots have been mooted since an extension offer from the Gunners was withdrawn and the exit door swung open. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Juve are expected to get their man and a fellow countryman believes a switch to Turin would be a wise move for the 28-year-old, if he immerses himself in a different culture away from British shores.Former Wales and Real Madrid boss Toshack told Gazzetta dello Sport: “He has a unique opportunity to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, to grow, to improve, and that’s a lucky break for a lad who hasn’t had much luck.“I remember watching TV when he really hurt himself playing against Stoke in 2010. I was stunned. It took him nine months to get back, but the experience helped forge his character.“He grew up over time, but now he’s 28 years old and ready to explode.“Juventus are doing really well when it comes to free agents and contracts running down, picking up top players for free like Emre Can and Sami Khedira.“They’ve already got a great talent like Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, so it’s an excellent midfield.”Toshack added: “I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad.“I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid.“He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.”While backing Ramsey to make a move to Italy, Toshack concedes that a player he handed an international debut to in 2008 still has much to learn.He said: “He was always a talent, but I don’t know if I’d call him a star yet. For the moment he is playing for a big club and very soon he’ll be at a huge club.“That says a lot about his quality, even if I haven’t quite figured out what his best position is yet. That is an issue Juve will need to clarify straight away.“I don’t know if Aaron is disciplined enough to play in front of the defence. I am also not sure he scores enough to play close to the strikers.“He might do better in a three-man midfield, where he has the possibility to push forward, or perhaps in a three supporting the centre-forward.“In modern football you do need to be versatile and he is a modern player.”
Inspecting the Portugal squad at training the day before their opening UEFA Nations League finals match, a semi-final against outsiders Switzerland, you could see at least three generations of talent, past; present and future.The last of those to emerge from the dressing room was the first to emerge on the world stage. Captain, top scorer, national icon and the man Portugal’s hopes have been pinned on for a decade and a half, Cristiano Ronaldo.Slipping out onto the Estadio do Bessa field before him, the home of Boavista in Porto’s western district, was Joao Felix. The Benfica prospect looks, in the flesh, even younger than he does on the television. His boyish face frames a mouth full of braces, and belies the preternatural talent contained in his legs and in his head. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the first to step into the boxy, claustrophobic ground, with its chessboard seating on all four sides, was the Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva. Here in Portugal he once carried the nickname “Bubblegum” for the way the ball stuck to his first touch.Watching him mess about with Goncalo Guedes before training started was to be given the impression that balls move with different gravity when they come into his orbit. He leans forward to chest a ball and controls so delicately that you feel if someone threw an egg at him he’d trap it the same way and keep its shell intact.The Portugal players all come out of the tunnel in dribs and drabs and take their place in the warm-up; a couple of kick-ups and then a volley across an ever-expanding group. They take it in turns to batter the ball at Bernardo, in the hope that he’ll drop it and they’ll have something to giggle about. Not a chance.They drill it hard, they drill it high, they drill it at his chest and at his shins and every time they do so he brings it under his command. You are left with an impression of a man who treats the football like a well-trained dog.Later when the rondo exercises start, Joao Felix will aim a playful kick at his elder team-mate, whose unquenchable competitive desire took him into a sliding tackle at the feet of the 19-year-old.Portugal are as they ever were, well-stocked with players of both established and emerging class. But Ronaldo remains the only one of this trio with a medal to his name at international level.This is a Portugal group now in the final stages of moving on from Euro 2016 success. Ronaldo, of course, remains irreproachable. But other attacking players likes Ricardo Quaresma and Nani have taken their leave.Bernardo was still at Monaco in 2016 but a hamstring injury in one of the last games of the season condemned him to a summer away from the national team, delaying his breakout to a wider audience. He was beginning to make a name for himself in the colours of the Seleccao but Portugal not only survived but thrived without him.Now, three years on and with a World Cup under his belt, Bernardo is ready. His form in the intervening years has been imperious and he can be regarded as one of the very best playmakers in the world.”Of course, the season with City gives me the confidence and inspiration to try to do my best for the national team,” the 25-year-old said on Tuesday. “That’s what I’m going to try to do, finish the season in the best way, with a title for our national team.”He has reeled off three consecutive league titles – one for Monaco and two under Pep Guardiola at City – and added the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup to his collection this season for good measure. The honour of Player of the Season was also bestowed upon Bernardo, no mean feat in a team which swept all before them on the domestic front.“Maybe this season he’s been [number] one or two of the best players in the Premier League,” Guardiola said in February. “Portugal is fortunate to have him. I love him, it’s simple like that.”Bernardo was the man for the big occasion, contributing a man of the match performance in the January clash against Liverpool which ultimately played a huge part in deciding the fate of the Premier League title. He scored in the vital derby win against Manchester United at Old Trafford as the season drew in.His effect has been such that Guardiola is already describing him as a more important player for his country than Ronaldo. “He can do absolutely everything,” said Pep. “He’s one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen in my career as a manager or a player.”The difference is that Ronaldo has delivered that elusive trophy for the national team, while Bernardo has had to bide his time. But the Nations League gives him the chance to show his country that there will be life beyond CR7 as he moves into his peak years. And Joao Felix, wherever he goes, won’t be far behind.
United States forward Josh Sargent admitted he was disappointed after being left off the roster for the Concacaf Gold Cup this summer, but is starting to “see the positives” as he uses it to fuel his drive toward the first-team at Werder Bremen. The 19-year-old was excluded from Gregg Berhalter’s squad ahead of the tournament despite making his Bundesliga breakthrough last season, and conceded his omission came as something of a blow as he believes it could have been a valuable learning experience. However, after watching his international counterparts reach the final before falling to Mexico, Sargent now admits he has reversed his discontent, and is now using it to boost his first-team chances ahead of the new domestic campaign in Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It was disappointing at first not to be at the Gold Cup,” he told reporters after his club’s pre-season match against Cologne.“I could have learned a lot there and needed a while to get my ahead around not being called up.“Now I see the positives. I am able to take full part in Werder’s pre-season preparations. Obviously the starting line-up is my goal.”Those positives included netting the only goal of the game against Cologne in Sunday’s pre-season friendly, with the Missouri-born striker producing a confident finish past Timo Horn.And such confidence did not go unnoticed on the Werder bench with coach Florian Kohfeldt saying post-match:“Josh is unbelievably clinical when he gets in the opposition box.“He’s been working really hard and is in fantastic shape, which is great for him and us, but he’s not without competition in attack.”Sargent’s aforementioned competition at Die Werderaneris is both varied and challenging, with the likes of Milot Rashica, Yuya Osako, Claudio Pizarro and Niclas Fullkrug vying for a place in Kohfeldt’s starting XI.But after making his debut last December, and finishing the 2018-19 season with two goals in 10 league appearances, the teen is hoping there’ll be more of the same over the coming months.“I’m happy with how things have been going and with my goal (against Cologne),” he said. “We’ve been working hard on things in training, and I’m possibly in the form of my life!“It’s only been a journey in Germany so far for me. Hopefully it can continue. I want to help us at least qualify for the Europa League.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 26: The Michigan Wolverines Cheerleaders support their team against the Brigham Young Cougars at Michigan Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Cougars 31-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Michigan blew out Penn State on Saturday, ending any hopes the Nittany Lions had of contending in the Big Ten East this year. It was an embarrassing a loss as the program has suffered during the James Franklin era.The Wolverines, who prevailed 42-7, ran for 259 yards – needing just 17 pass attempts from quarterback Shea Patterson to get the victory. The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going through the air or on the ground. They were out-gained in terms of yardage, 403-186.During the contest, Michigan fans got a little cocky. They trolled Penn State fans in the stands once the game was in hand.For those unaware, Penn State plays “Zombie Nation” by Kernkraft 400 at home games, chanting “We Are Penn State!” throughout. Michigan fans had a new take.They chanted “We Own Penn State” instead. Pretty clever.The Big House crowd “We own Penn State” pic.twitter.com/ll7WVjYaGt— David Noe (@DavidRNoe) November 4, 2018Does Michigan own Penn State? Maybe. The Wolverines led the all-time series 14-8 and have won four of the last five. But last year’s contest was a blowout in the other direction – 42-13. It’s up for interpretation.Either way, Michigan now looks like the favorite to win the Big Ten. The Ohio State game will be fascinating, as always.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 26: Head coach P. J. Fleck of the Minnesota Golden Gophers look on while playing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on December 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota won the game 34-10. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Earlier: Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is known for his positive attitude and messaging, but recent comments Fleck made about recruiting have drawn some negative reaction.During a Coaches Caravan event this week, Fleck spoke about his policy with accepting verbal commitments. If a player wants to commit to the Golden Gophers, Fleck doesn’t want him visiting elsewhere.Basically, you’re either all-in or not at all.“I have a rule: You commit to me, you can’t go see another place,” Fleck said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Not because I’m insecure. But if you want to be committed, you’re going to be committed. Too many people teach young people to be committed but also one foot in and one foot out. … You’ve got to be all in.”Or as Fleck termed it: “We have a problem in our society. We don’t have a problem in our program.”Now, Fleck isn’t the only coach to have this rule, though it occasionally backfires when you give kids an ultimatum like that. However, he’s taking some heat for these remarks, as there are those pointing out the coach for being hypocritical.Now do coaches decommitting https://t.co/5U8zNHSbNR— Bud Elliott (@BudElliott3) May 23, 2019Just like when he signed that six-year extension to commit to Western Michigan… https://t.co/d7LOdtZQkm— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) May 23, 2019P.J. Fleck — a man who left Western Michigan for Minnesota two years after signing a six-year contract extension and who flipped six WMU commits on his first day at Minnesota — thinks society has a commitment problem. https://t.co/rt8IYbLnFb pic.twitter.com/AZcY7piPA6— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) May 23, 2019Not to mention that Fleck is notorious for pressuring guys to commit as early as possible.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) May 23, 2019PJ Fleck has coached at 6 places in 13 years.— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) May 23, 2019Even now, Fleck’s name often comes up as a potential candidate for vacancies around the country.Wonder if his comments will be thrown back in his face the next time he takes a new job.Update: For a look at an alternate take on Fleck’s comments, Ryan Burns, who covers Minnesota for 247Sports, has chimed in.(2/x) Even when Fleck says if you’re committed, “you can’t go see another place”, even that’s not entirely true. Minnesota had multiple commits from the 2019 class take other visits while being committed, and they still ended up becoming #Gophers.— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) May 23, 2019(4/x) It’s a calculated risk the recruit decides to make, as they (the recruit) have to do what’s best for them, as do the college coaches. It’s not personal, it’s just business.— Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsMN) May 23, 2019Fleck is entering his third season with the Golden Gophers.
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)A former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback has been denied immediate eligibility at his new program.Former top recruit Matt Baldwin took his talents to TCU this offseason.After his transfer, Baldwin applied for a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately for the Horned Frogs. However, TCU fans received tough news when it was revealed Baldwin will not be eligible for the upcoming season.According to a report from the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Baldwin will have to look forward to the 2020 season. From the report:The NCAA has denied TCU quarterback Matthew Baldwin’s waiver for immediate eligibility, according to sources.TCU is expected to file an appeal on the decision on behalf of the Ohio State transfer this week.Baldwin completed 20 of 36 passes for 246 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions during Ohio State’s spring game. After failing to crack the starting rotation, Baldwin took his talents to the Big 12.It’s a tough pill to swallow for the former top recruit. However, Baldwin underwent surgery earlier this summer and is expected to miss camp before the 2019 season kicks off.TCU has a solid quarterback room without Baldwin, who could face an uphill battle to start for the Horned Frogs.Stay tuned for the latest.
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 23:17 IST Rishabh Pant was clicked with Tim Paine’s kids on New Year’s day (@bon.paine Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named Emerging Player of the Year at the ICC AwardsTim Paine’s wife called Rishabh Pant the “best babysitter”Rohit Sharma had offered Rishabh Pant baby-sitting duties for his new-born girlInternational Cricket Council (ICC) has paid a tribute to Rishabh Pant after the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman was named the Emerging Player of the Year on Tuesday. Pant was picked by the ICC’s voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.Rishabh Pant’s cricketing talent is no secret. 20 catches and 350 runs in India’s historic Test series triumph over Australia in Australia earlier this month are testimony to his skills on the field. But Pant also gained popularity as a babysitter, thanks to Australia Test captain Tim Paine.On Tuesday, ICC posted a sketch of Pant with Paine family on social media, captioned: “Champion babysitter and champion cricketer. Rishabh Pant is the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018!”Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant were constantly involved in sledging banters during the ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia. In one of the funny exchanges, Paine had asked Pant, “Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Well, a few days later Tim Paine’s wife, Bonnie Paine took to Instagram to share a photo of Pant with her kids and captioned it: “Best babysitter”. Notably, on New Year’s day.As wicketkeepers, both men were audible to the entire cricket world which was was hooked on to every ball of the four Tests played in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.advertisementPant remained in high demand even from the Indian camp. Rohit Sharma, who recently became a father, wondered whether Pant would be happy to take over babysitting duties.Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.He was also the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test hundred in Australia.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Rishabh Pant ICC’s tribute to champion babysitter and champion cricketer Rishabh Pant is going viralRishabh Pant was named the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Player of the Year in the world body’s annual awards. Pant was picked by the ICC’s voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.advertisement
Life is beyond water nowThe Olympic great rejects a second comeback from retirement as there’s nothing left for him to achieve in swimming worldadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 14:26 IST Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals in a swimming career spanning 16 years. (@DelhiCapitals Photo)A staggering 28 Olympic medals, 39 world record timings and 65 major international gold conjured over a career spanning 16 years makes Michael Phelps the best ever swimmer across all eras and arguably the G.O.A.T among all athletes that grace the world.Such a sparkling career should be enough for his rivals to be intimidated by his mere presence in a competition. However, the 33-year-old US swimmer’s jolly nature and an evergreen face meant he never came across as a person who will instill fear inside his competitors.But once standing on the block, doing his pre-race ritual of stretching his arm followed by the ever-so-famous backslaps always intimidated his competitors; to a level that they hated the sight of it.”It is something I later got to hear from some of them (counterparts) that they never liked to see me do the arm-slaps but to be honest I never did it to intimidate people.”It was a ritual I followed every time since I was 11. It is same as a singer clearing his throat before a performance,” said Phelps, who arrived in the Capital on Monday night to oversee the launch of Under Armour’s first store in India.Retired at just 31, fans around the world are still hopeful that the Flying Fish will be back at the block yet again; intimidating his rivals with those arm-slaps at the Tokyo 2020.And why not, the swimmer came back from retirement just two years after calling it quits at the London Olympics, only to come back and win five gold and a silver medal as the flagbearer of his country at Rio 2016.advertisementBut the show ended with a dent as he lost to Joseph Schooling in the 100m butterfly event.Perhaps creating that push the legend needed – despite winning everything that is possible – to return and confirm his supremacy in the water yet again?However, Phelps cleared the air that a comeback is not on the cards as he is stared away from the block for too long.”If I go in now, I don’t think I will be feeling the same and get back to where I was. There was a period when I spent six years straight without missing a single day of training, and I was getting so much benefit out of it.”Because once you skip a Sunday and you can only get back there on Tuesday. That gave me an edge over others, I believe. So staying away for so long, I know it won’t be the same anymore,” explained the four-time Olympian.Knowing that at just 33 it is too early to lead a life without a new goal, Phelps has already found a new goal in his life that gets him up on his feet every day.”Since there’s nothing left to achieve in the swimming world, I have turned my focus on talking about the importance of healthy and active lifestyles, mental health and water safety. It is something close to me and makes me excited to get out of bed every day,” he concluded.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Michael PhelpsFollow SwimmingFollow Olympics
Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 17:56 IST Wahab Riaz in action for Pakistan in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWahab Riaz admitted that Pakistan bowling unit has failed to take wickets with the new ballPakistan are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team World Cup 2019 points tablePakistan need to win all of their remaining matches if they want to qualify for the knockout phaseWahab Riaz has revealed that all players have vowed to make up for the mistakes they have been making and help Pakistan reach the finals of World Cup 2019.Pakistan has won only one match and they come in South Africa clash after back to back defeats to Australia and India. They need to win all of their remaining matches if they want to qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament.Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table with just 1 win from 5 matches. Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side have been criticized by their media, fans and former cricketers for a disappointing run at the quadrennial event.”We have to lift ourselves. We are each other’s strength. We are all good friends and know that only 15 of us can lift the team which not even our family members can do. Pakistan plays better under pressure and we will qualify for the finals and semi-finals,” Wahab said.Wahab Riaz hopes for a better performance against South Africa when they face Proteas in a must-win game at Lord’s on Sunday. He also hopes that a complete turnaround in Pakistan’s performance will help them qualify for the finals and semi-finals.”Our focus is on beating South Africa, and we know we shouldn’t get ahead or think about the future. We need to go one by one by what to do every day. On what we do in the now and not what is happening elsewhere. We shouldn’t be thinking about the future,” he added.advertisementWahab Riaz revealed what has cost them the games till now. He said that they have been continuously failing in executing skills and this has been one of the reasons behind Pakistan’s dismal run at the World Cup. He also added that the team which can handle pressure better will win.”Execution of skills is everything,” he said. “They have failed in that aspect as well like we did, we had matches we could have won. In this match, it depends on who handles pressure better and plays better. They will win.”Riaz admitted that Pakistan bowling unit has failed to take wickets with the new ball and they are looking to change that in the remaining games. He said that the team has discussed the problems they have faced and are looking to make up for the lost time.”Good teams are those that discuss and talk about their mistakes openly to each other and we’ve done that. We will make up for our mistakes.”Also Read | India vs Afghanistan: Rohit Sharma 1st Indian batsman to fall to spin in World Cup 2019Also Read | Is this India’s away orange jersey in World Cup 2019? Pictures on social media leave fans guessingAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow Wahab Riaz Pakistan will reach World Cup 2019 final: Wahab RiazWorld Cup 2019: Wahab Riaz has backed Pakistan team to lift themselves and come back stronger in their remaining matches of World Cup 2019.advertisement
Reuters New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 12:32 IST File photo: ReutersAll-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have been excluded from a 25-player squad for an intra-Australia clash that will go a long way to deciding the makeup of Tim Paine’s Ashes side.Both Maxwell and Stoinis had a disappointing World Cup during Australia’s run to the semi-finals in England, with Maxwell wearing plenty of criticism for his repeated failures with the bat.The extended squad has seven players from the World Cup campaign, 15 from the Australia A squad touring England and three players – pace bowler Peter Siddle, and batsmen Cameron Bancroft and Marnus Labuschagne – who have been playing in the English county circuit.Players from the squad will be picked in an Australia versus Australia A clash from July 23-26 in Southampton, with Ashes spots on the line ahead of the first test against England on Aug. 1 in Edgbaston.Former captain Steve Smith and openers David Warner and Bancroft have all been included, the first time the three have been selected in an Australia squad since serving lengthy bans for the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March 2018.”Cameron (Bancroft) was making a fair amount of headway when he played test cricket last for Australia and that was in South Africa,” said national selector Trevor Hohns.”He’s playing with Durham in the County Championship … He’s scoring runs on a pretty regular basis.”Alex Carey is one of three wicketkeepers picked alongside test captain Paine and Tasmania’s Matt Wade following a solid World Cup behind the stumps.Carey scored 375 runs at 62.50 and racked up 20 dismissals.advertisement”He’s proving himself to be a very smart cricketer,” said Hohns.”Batting-wise he was very, very good … We’ve been very impressed with his glovework for some time now so he’s progressing nicely.”Usman Khawaja’s participation in the trial match is uncertain as he races to recover from a hamstring strain sustained during the World Cup loss to South Africa.Squad:Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Tim Paine, Kurtis Patterson, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain, Matthew Wade, David Warner.ALSO READ | Alec Stewart backs Jason Roy to open England batting during AshesALSO READ | England suffer James Anderson injury scare ahead of Ashes 2019ALSO WATCH:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Ashes 2019 Ashes 2019: Bancroft included in Australia’s 25-Member SquadThe 2019 Ashes will take place between August 1, 2019, and September 16, 2019. England will like to avenge last times 4-0 humiliation on Australian soil.advertisement
India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 10:56 IST On Engineer’s Day here are 10 lesser-known branches of Engineering that you may not be properly aware of.Still the top pick of parents for their children’s career, engineering is one of the most popular career paths in India. Despite a spike in unemployed engineering graduates, millions each year line up to pursue engineering courses. While there are certain engineering branches that are seeing less hiring, there are others which are coming up as new-age career paths.Here are 10 lesser-known branches of engineering you should know about on Engineer’s Day:1. Agriculture Engineering Most of India’s youth, particularly the ones belonging to its urban spheres, have had greater proximity with the traditional popular divisions of engineering like Electrical, Electronics & Communication, and some others.They just happen to overlook the great potential lying with their rural counterpart, which is lesser explored, and really requires greater innovations.As an Agriculture Engineer, they can look forward to their respectable employment in the farming industry, the field of agriculture commodities, agriculture consultancy, processing units, among others.Businesses like AMUL, ITC, PROAGRO Seeds, Escorts etc, are ready to welcome such candidates.2. Military Engineering From building bridges in few hours, countering improvised explosive devices, taking measures to protect environment to developing and refining weapons and tools of intelligence, and lots more — as a military engineer, you avail the opportunity to serve the nation in a more direct manner.Pursuing a course in military engineering, you also pave a path for your post retirement employment, with a number of construction and firework companies, for example.3. Ceramic Engineering The multibillion-dollar industry of Ceramics is also a sphere upon which our youth throw lesser glances.advertisementFrom working as a Ceramic Engineer in the industries of Construction, Military, Sports, Transportation, Medicine and in Airplane, Optical Fibres, Electronics, you land upon the jobs that offer several promises.The job profiles for a Ceramic Engineer can be any one or more from being a Ceramic Designer, Ceramic Technologist, Production Worker, Construction Manager, Marketing Executive, Researcher, Professor, and a lot of others.4. Earthquake Engineering An Earthquake Engineer can also be explained as a Civil Engineer who specialises in combating the outcomes of earthquakes, via planning and constructing buildings and structures resistant to the tremors.An Earthquake Engineer requires a deep and scientific study of seismic activities. Some of the spheres of the world are more prone to earthquakes.Therefore, it does not need to mention that possibilities of growth of Earthquake Engineers are more in such regions.While the Earthquake Engineers largely work with the construction businesses, they can also find opportunities of employment in teaching, research, etc.5. Environmental Engineering As the crescendo for embracing drastic measures for saving our environment increases year by year, environmental engineers are in great demand.Stakeholders of environment expect Environmental Engineers to develop and introduce the techniques in and around the traditional (and new both) jobs of processing and production that lessen the harmful impacts upon the environment.In the timber industry, using sawmill by-products as a source for producing thermal energy, is one such example that of an Environmental Engineer’s effort.There are numerous companies that induct Environmental Engineers. Aquatic Systems, Earth Water Limited, Gujarat Enviro Protection and Infrastructure Limited, are a few of the many companies that candidates can look forward to work with.Read: 5 new-age B.Tech programmes for better engineering job opportunities6. Fashion Technology Engineering Fashion Technology Engineers are concerned with developing tools and processes for producing more profits for their companies/stakeholders. As a Fashion Engineer you work in the process of Garment Production.You acquire proficiency in producing and developing various technical equipment or may work in the Research and Development wings of the companies.Furthermore, you also look after Quality Assurance, Fitness of Garments, Human Resource Management, System Analysis, and even Merchandising.Fashion Technology Engineers have much better prospects in the future, as India is taking greater strides towards prosperity.7. Food Engineering Food Engineers are responsible for applying mathematics and scientific principles to generate economical solutions for food production.As a Food Engineer, you can explore the possibilities in the space of Food Technology, Nutritional Therapy Quality Management, Science and Laboratory Techniques, Toxicology, Research, and many others.Various companies in the Food and Beverages sector spread the red carpet for the interested candidates. Dabur India, ITC Limited, Cadbury India, Pepsico India Holdings, Britannica Industries Limited, are some of such companies.8. Marine Engineering It’s a share of engineering that deals with scheming, building, development and up keeping of different kinds of equipment of ships along with other containers of the sea.Aspirants of Marine engineering must inculcate a greater understanding of science and mathematics.advertisementAs a Marine Engineer you need to understand that you would be associated more or less with the Shipping industry, on and off the shore.You can also look forward to joining ship manufacturing companies. Furthermore, aspirants of Marine engineering can find opportunities in Power sector, Construction companies, Steel industry and Electronic industry.9. Nanotechnology Nanotechnology deals with building very small machines and materials that operate faster and in more efficient manners.Building up of microscopic cameras that can be given to patients through mouth, to reveal the hidden world inside humans’ alimentary canal and thus aid in diagnosis and treatment of associated diseases, can provide you an idea of the nature of work of nanotechnology.As a nanotechnologist, you can apply your skills in the spheres of Environmental Control, Food Science covering Packaging and Quality Control, Energy Storage, Forensics, Electronics, among others.Talking of the job profiles, with a degree in Nanotechnology, you can work as a Scientist, Professor, Researcher, Food Scientist, among others.10. Mining Engineering It is the discipline of engineering that uses various technological tools and science, to extract different minerals from the Earth.As a Marine engineer, you need to regulate any stage of mining operations- from exploring and discovering the mineral resources, carrying a feasibility study, planning and designing the mining job, carrying out relevant operations to even closing the mines.You have to begin as a Mine Engineer (Granite), consequently moving up to Assistant Mining Engineer, Mine Technician, Mine Planner, Research Engineer, and so on.Adani Mining Private Limited, Bharat Forge Limited, Coal India Limited, DRDO, Hindustan Zinc Limited, Uranium Corporation of India, are some of the prominent recruiters of mining engineers.- Article by Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorrilaRead: Only 7 per cent engineering graduates employable: What’s wrong with India’s engineers?Read: 80% engineers are unemployed: How can we prepare engineers for the jobs of tomorrow?Read: On National Youth Day, know how India can close its massive skill gap and deal with unemploymentRead: Over 80% Indian engineers are unemployable, lack new-age technology skills: ReportRead: Out of 1.5 million engineers in India, only 7 per cent can handle core engineering tasks: Union Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Engineering Next On Engineers’ Day, here are 10 lesser known branches of engineering you should know aboutOn Engineer’s Day here are 10 lesser-known branches of Engineering that you may not be properly aware of.advertisement